Anadarko Says Drill Freeze Should End Rig Contract

Law360, New York (June 21, 2010, 2:51 PM EDT) -- Anadarko Petroleum Corp. has asked a federal court to cancel a rig lease deal with Noble Drilling LLC, saying the government's six-month ban on deepwater drilling is a “force majeure” that allows it to terminate the agreement.

Because of the federal moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, Anadarko can no longer use Noble's rig, the Noble Amos Runner, the oil company said Friday in a declaratory judgment suit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

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